King Boris, who hails from a European country, comes to Gotham City for a visit. Upon his arrival, there is a disturbance, which includes a clue from the Riddler. Batman and Robin investigate and get on the Riddler's trail. They are trapped by the criminal, who ties them to large wheels that will spin with ever-increasing speed until they are dead. Written by
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Actor Tristram Coffin
appears in this episode as the Ambassador. Coffin was featured in many of the classic cliffhanger serials that inspired this television series, including the original Batman
(1943) serial itself (which a revival of in the '60s caused the TV series to be born), wherein he was featured as one of the villain's main henchmen. He was also the first actor to don the famous "flying suit" as the eponymous serial crime fighter King of the Rocket Men
(1949), which would later serve as an inspiration for The Rocketeer
(1991). See more
Batman and Robin don't solve The Riddler's riddle: "What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every race?" In the following episode, it's shown on a blackboard in the Bat Cave in a list of riddles. There's a check mark next to it indicating they solved it, but they never solved it on camera nor explained its relevance. (The answer, by the way, is the letter E.) See more
The riddle itself is pretty basic. A person is a piece of wood when he's a ruler.
[Chief O'Hara's jaw drops
You figure it has something to do with King Boris?